Two (or three, actually) legislators angling for two separate high-profile jobs at the same time? Sounds like a podcast theme!
In this week's Capital Notes Podcast, we discuss the battle over who will be the new Speaker of the California Assembly, and this question: will there be any discernible differences in the policies pursued by either Speaker wannabe to Joe Taxpayer?
Capitol Weekly's Anthony York and I also mull over Governor Schwarzenegger's decision to give the job of 'Lite Guv' to state Sen. Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) and whether legislative Democrats will give him the job... or the boot.
If you've logged on to this blog recently and wondered why I'm not covering, well, anything... there's a simple explanation.
Last weekend, Jonah Henry Haines Myers decided to finally arrive... a great relief, as you can imagine, to my wife. And me. Jonah is our second child, joining little Elena; as such, I'm spending a few weeks on paternity leave.
There will hopefully be a few bloggings and Twitter posts during that time, overnight feeding schedules allowing. Thanks for your patience...
Sorry, folks. We seem to be having some scheduling troubles... looks as though the weekly podcast is again MIA. Given the lack of activity in Sacramento, the timing isn't as bad as it could be. Stay tuned...
Just a small moment of shameless self promotion. I'm honored to report that Capital Notes has just won the first-ever award for reporter blogs from the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. A big thanks to all of you for actually reading CapNotes, which began as an experiment five years ago next month.
Now, back to the news.
In the event you missed the note at the bottom of last week's post-budget item, I'm on furlough this week... part of KQED's budget crunch that hit most of our news staffers a couple of weeks ago, but yours truly only now -- due to all of the recent state Capitol news.
Look for new bloggings and radio reports starting next Tuesday. The furlough also means we'll miss this week's edition of the Capital Notes Podcast.
As budget debating and voting happens tonight, catch my Twitter feed for updates as long as the thumbs hold up. And no, you don't have to join Twitter to read it.
More here later...
The opening TV ad from the omnibus campaign to pass all six budget ballot measures is out, and it's clear that the campaign is appealing to the popular sentiment that only voters can rein in those pesky politicians.
The ad from the campaign led by Governor Schwarzenegger uses the common sense of an average Joe to make its case for Propositions 1A-1F. The message: these are a way for "us voters to clean things up."
With the statewide special election now less than five weeks away, the first TV ad of the campaign to pass the budget-related measures is out.
And given its backers, it's not surprising which measures it promotes.
Unless something incredibly crazy happens, here's the first and only campaign prediction you'll see on this newsblog: Proposition 1F is going to pass on May 19. Big time.
The last public poll showed a whopping 81% of voters surveyed like the measure to deny pay raises for elected officials in bad budget years for the state. Shocking, no?
But the foregone conclusion feeling surrounding Prop 1F begs the question... what is state Sen. Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) really selling on his new campaign website? The answer: a lot.
The first campaign ads have been released by backers of the six budget-related ballot measures, sending a simple and expected message to voters: vote yes or things will get worse.